DOTr urges PUV drivers anew to join service contract program  

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    BY NOEL TALACAY

    TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade yesterday called anew on drivers of public utility vehicles to participate in the service contracting program (SCP) being implemented by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to enable them to earn more amid the pandemic.

    The SCP was launched in October last year by the DOTr in partnership with the LTFRB and aims to provide PUV drivers additional income during the contagion.

    Under the program, jeepney drivers receive an P11 incentive for every kilometer that they travel while bus drivers get an additional P23. The incentives will be given to the drivers every week via their GCash, PayMaya, or Land Bank accounts.

    According to DOTr records, 36,438 drivers nationwide have registered for the SCP, which translates to 60.73 percent of the 60,000 drivers who are the target number of the LTFRB.

    Tugade said the LTFRB is still accepting applicants for the SCP. Interested drivers can visit the website www.servicecontracting.ph to register.

    Meanwhile, the LTFRB has approved 44 more additional routes for modern jeepneys providing free transportation to individuals under the Authorized Persons Outside of their Residence (APOR) program.

    Under the service contracting program, APOR are given free rides during the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.